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    Samuel F. Smith Autograph "America" Lyrics Signed "S. F. Smith," 3.5" x 2.5" card. In full, "My country, - 'tis of thee,/Sweet land of liberty,/Of thee I sing." He's added "Written in/1832" in the lower left; he wrote this card at a later date. After a visit to Germany, 23-year-old theological student Samuel Francis Smith, impressed that German children started their school day by singing a hymn, wrote a patriotic hymn using a simple German melody. Smith jotted down the complete hymn on a piece of scrap paper within half an hour, and the result, "America," was first sung at a children's celebration in Boston's Park Street Church on July 4, 1832. Original paper clip still affixed to the card with resulting light rust stain beneath it. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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